Between Castellana street and Salamanca district – 4 star – Madrid

This four star hotel, between Castellana street and Salamanca district, is the perfect option for a family getaway, a couples retreat and even a business trip. During the warmer months, guests can relax at the terrace bar or take a dip in the outside swimming pool whilst a gym, children’s play area and first class business facilities are sure to keep everyone happy. Each ensuite guest room comes with a flat screen LCD cable television, coffee and tea making facilities and high speed internet connection. Rooms also benefit from a daily housekeeping service. Other services and facilities include a tour desk, valet laundry and car rental.

Madrid’s Royal Palace is perhaps the city’s most iconic buildings. It’s the largest royal palace in Western Europe, and dates back to 1737, although prior to this a Moorish castle stood on the site. Taking a tour inside is highly advised, where you’ll get to see a stunning array of priceless antiquities including tapestries and ceramics. The walls are also adorned with paintings and frescoes by the likes of Goya, Giordano and Mengs, so history and art buffs will equally be at home here. Nearby you’ll also find the beautiful Campo del Moro and Sabatini parks, which make a great place for a picnic or romantic stroll.

Football fanatics should not miss out on a trip to the Bernabeu Stadium, the home turf of Real Madrid football club. If you happen to be visiting during a game, scoring tickets will be a memorable experience- with a guaranteed electrifying atmosphere. Don’t fret if you’re not able to see a game though, taking a non-guided tour is a great way to find out more about the clubs history, check out their trophies and have a nose in the players dressing rooms. Another much loved sport here, all be it controversial, is bullfighting. For those interested to watch this Spanish tradition, the Las Ventas Bullring is the place to go. If you’re visiting during May and June, this is when the famous San Isidro bullfighting festival takes place, where the best matadors take part in various different fights including bullfights on horseback.

For eating out, try Casa9 Restaurante, a local restaurant serving Spanish cuisine for affordable prices. For a special occasion, El Club Allard is an award winning restaurant serving elegant fusion dishes with impeccable service. For cocktails, Museo Chicote is the place to go. Once frequented by the likes of Hemmingway and Grace Kelly, you’ll feel like you’re part of history in this art deco gem.